Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Rwanda : ICTR resurfaces concerns of Felicien Kabuga’s whereabouts

ICTR resurfaces concerns
After many years of crisscrossing information and doubts about the presence of rwanda’s top gencode financier-Felicien Kabuga, The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) has now come up straight pointing fingers to Kenya as his hide out.
The Kenyan government has since the regime of former President Daniel Arap Moi denied the presence of Kabuga in Kenya, but ICTR has been insisting that the suspect is in the east African country and even doing business.
The ICTR chief Prosecutor, Hassan Bubacar Jallow, declared on May 11, announced that the fugitive is living in Kenya according the recent ICTR information sources.
This is not the first time that Jallow lashes at the Kenyan government, but latter has over time denied any knowledge of Kabuga’s presence in Kenya and said previously that it was willing to help ICTR in the arrest.
Jallows announcement also seems to be a response to the recent request by the US government to track and arrest all Rwandan genocide suspects who are still at large. Kabuga is one the nine most wanted genocide suspects and the US, under the Reward for Justice Programme, has put a five million US dollar bounty is on the head of each of the suspects.
Rwanda’s Prosecutor-General Martin Ngoga, was andamant to dwell on the announcement but insisted that Rwanda was more interested in seeing the genocide suspects arrested and transferred to face justice.
Though Kabuga seems to be invincible, the 77 year old genocide suspect has been in many times sighted in Kenya Capital Nairobi and has frequently roamed around various African capitals where he has bribed his way in and out and protection.
He was expelled from Switzerland in 1994, and spent some time in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) before heading to Kenya- where he has evaded several arrest attempts. Sources have previously said that Kabuga has also been seen in Rwanda’s Capital Kigali- where he has various assets.
With the ICTR deadline for closure of its activities in July 2012, the tribunal seems very convinced to deal with completing its mandate before it become a residual tribunal.
Apparently the ICTR has managed to transfer four case files of suspects to Rwanda and convicted and released a couple of suspects. So far, the only suspect transferred to Kigali is Jean Uwinkindi, The three case files sent to Rwanda are on the ex-Mayor (Bourgmestre) of Nyakizu, Ladislas Ntaganzwa, a former inspector in the criminal investigation department, Fulgence Kayishema, and another former Bourgmestre, Charles Sikubwabo.
The Criminal Tribunal also convicted three genocide suspects this May 2012, when it affirmed a 30-year prison term for Gaspard Kanyarukiga, 35-year prison term for Major Aloys Ntabakuze and a life term for Lieutenant Ildephonse Hategekimana- a move which was welcomed by the US State Department in Washington


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